On January 20, 2021, his first day in office, President Biden issued a “Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States.” The Proclamation rescinds travel restrictions that affected primarily Muslim-majority and African countries and have kept some family members separated for years.
The restrictions affected visa applicants the following countries: Myanmar (Burma), Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
As a result of the new Proclamation, all embassies and consulates are to resume processing of visa applications that were previously subject to the bans.
On January 22, the Department of State issued guidance on the processing of visas under the new Proclamation: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamations-9645-and-9983.html . In its update, DOS notes that, while it can immediately process visa applications from individuals from affected countries, the embassies and consulates may not be able to immediately schedule all affected applicants for visa interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on this situation, please contact our office in Ormond Beach, Florida at (386) 506-8898.